Young Adult authors and childhood friends Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles had audience members utterly captivated and laughing hysterically during their event at Books of Wonder in New York City last Friday, where they discussed their mutual interests, their writing processes and what books they’ve recently read and loved. As a fan of both authors, we certainly were not going to miss this event and we're excited to share highlights from the discussion for those unable to attend!
Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles answer reader questions
The discussion kicked off with an introduction from Peter Glassman, author and owner of Books of Wonder, and then Lauren Oliver and Elizabeth Miles began what ended up being a funny and nostalgic evening full of childhood memories and embarrassing anecdotes, including their days in an a cappella group and their mutual love for The Beatles. Oliver brought a journal she and Miles had shared during high school and read a few passages from it, including a story the two had written together. Both authors were cracking up over the “flowery” language and said they wanted to show aspiring authors in the audience that you don’t have to be a great writer from the start. Oliver stressed the importance of writing constantly to improve one’s craft.